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PORTLAND, ORE. -- 2Pound Sports and Entertainment's Fight Night 4 is just a few weeks away, and former champions Steve "2 Pound" Forbes and DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley see their 3 round exhibition leading to big things!

At 42 and 45 respectively, Forbes and Corley will climb into the ring at the Clackamas Armory on August 3rd with over 130 professional bouts between them, having faced opponents like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Oscar de la Hoya. Though both men are still on the hunt for big fights, in the meanwhile both have agreed to meet in a special exhibition for local fight fans. 

But what should fans expect to happen in this exhibition? 

Forbes, 36-14 with 11 knockouts, says that while it's not exactly the same as a full professional bout, the punches will definitely be real. 

"Being that we're both former champions, there will be a competitive thing there," Forbes says. "I kinda want to see his tricks, and I'm sure he wants to see mine."

Forbes and Corley aren’t entirely unfamiliar, however, as "2 Pound" helped Corley as a sparring partner for his showdown with Mayweather in 2004. Both fighters bring heaps of skills to the table, and Corley agrees that the exhibition will be competitive. 

"We’re gonna get in there and have fun, but we're gonna throw real punches," Corley says. "Steve and I know each other very well."

Exhibitions haven't been common in recent years, but in eras past, even popular, yet inactive champions like Jack Dempsey fought in exhibition matches while holding the title. Heavyweight champion Joe Louis fought nearly 100 exhibitions during World War II. The practice of staging exhibitions fell out of favor, but 2Pound Sports is looking to help bring it back. 

This exhibition was born of necessity, as Forbes put off training to mourn the death of two close family members. But his late grandmother and Portland community leader Mary Overstreet Smith would have encouraged Forbes to honor the memory of loved ones by transforming pain into perseverance. So that's what "2 Pound" is doing.

"A lot of the older fighters and guys that have been around like the idea [of exhibitions]," says Forbes. "I feel like a lot of skills have been lost in boxing, and we have a lot of YouTube trainers who hold mitts and they don't teach the skills and essence of boxing. This could open that back up and go old school."

Corley, whose 18-year-old son DeJon makes his pro debut on the same card, hopes to encourage even retired fighters to more safely stay active and be involved in boxing. 

"We want to show the young fighters that, if you take care of your body, you can still compete at an older age," Corley says. "Older fighters can still be healthy, get in there and move around three rounds with another older fighter and show the young kids it can be done. This is a wise man's sport."

Also schedule to fight on August 3rd at the Clackamas Armory:

Andre Keys (10-1, 5 KO) vs. Antonio Neal (4-10-1, 3 KO)
Chris Johnson (4-0, 1 KO) vs. William Fernandez (0-6, 0 KO)
DeJon Corley (Debut) vs. Mike Fernandez (0-1, 0 KO)
Daquan Wyatt (3-0, 3 KO) vs. Andres Abarca (1-2, 0 KO)
William Hernandez-Gomez (Debut) vs. TBA

The 1100-seat Clackamas Armory is located just 20 minutes south of Portland at 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, Oregon. 

To purchase tickets, visit TicketTomato.com and search “boxing.”

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Keys battles Neal on Aug. 3rd '2Pound' card in Clackamas, Oregon
By Ricardo Ibarra


Welterweight Andre Keys (10-1, 5 KOs) will step into the ring in search of his eleventh professional win on Saturday August 3rd, at the Clackamas Armory in Clackamas, Oregon, taking on durable journeyman Antonio Neal (4-10-1, 3 KOs) in a rematch of their 2016 meeting. The six round fight will head up 2Pound Sports & Entertainment's second card at the venue, which will also feature an additional five fights including an exhibition bout between former world champions Steve "2 Pound" Forbes and DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley.


As an amateur, Keys claimed multiple regional Golden Gloves titles fighting under the tutelage of former U.S. Olympic team head coach Tom Mustin. He's notched ten victories since turning pro in 2016 and has been on a nine-fight win streak since suffering his lone professional defeat—a first round loss to Thomas Turner in March of 2016. Keys claimed a unanimous decision win over Neal in their initial meeting, pitching a shutout over five rounds. In Keys' most recent outing, the slick Tacoma, WA native defeated Randy Fuentes by split decision last November.
Neal, meanwhile, will be looking for his first win in seven bouts. The tough banger from Sunnyside, Washington last fought on June 1st, battling to a six round split draw against Sean Gee. Keys and Neal will meet at 145 lbs. in their return bout.


In a special attraction three round exhibition, former IBF Jr. lightweight world champion Steve Forbes (36-14, 11 KOs) will meet one-time WBO Jr. welterweight world title holder DeMarcus Corley (51-33-1, 28 KOs). Forbes made a successful return to the ring after a near five-year hiatus in April, scoring a seven round decision win over Tavorus Teague. He had planned on continuing his comeback on this card, but after the death of two close family members forced him to take his attention away from training, he made the decision to postpone his next fight and chose instead to compete in this exhibition. Corley has remained an active fighter over his twenty-six years as a pro. He last fought in March, losing via sixth round TKO to Custio Clayton. When the two former world champions face off, they'll bring a total of 135 fights of professional experience into the ring.


Four pro fights will make up the remainder of the card. In a four round Jr. middleweight contest, undefeated Oregonian Chris Johnson (4-0, 1 KO) will take on the winless William Fernandez (0-6); Virginia’s DeJon Corley, the son of DeMarcus Corley, will make his professional debut in a four round 140 lbs. contest, taking on Mike Fernandez (0-1); Las Vegas' Daquan Wyatt (3-0, 3 KOs) will look to add his fourth straight knockout win, facing off with Andres Garcia Abarca (1-2) in a welterweight match-up; and finally making his pro debut, William Hernandez-Gomez will take on Chris Wheaton (0-4) in a four round  Jr. welterweight bout.


Tickets to 2Pound Sports' 'Fight Night 4' are available now at https://www.tickettomato.com/event/6210. For more information visit www.2poundsports.com or the 2Pound Sports and Entertainment Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated April 16th, 2019. The Pacific Northwest Rankings. See which NW fighters make their debut and which ones move up or down in this edition of the rankings. Let the discussion begin - there is a bit of movement in the newest rankings, and some inactive fighters have been dropped.

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2019 Fight Schedule *

August 3 Two Pound Boxing, Clackamas, Oregon

August 24 USA Boxing Pro-Am, Salem, Oregon

September 7 Battle at the Boat 123 Brian Halquist Productions Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington

October 26th PNW Promotions Brawl VIII, Green River College, Auburn, Washington

November 9 Battle at the Boat 124 Brian Halquist Productions Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington

*Subject to Change

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